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Monday, June 17, 2013
Justice Department to Monitor Election in Alabama

The Justice Department announced today that it will monitor the municipal election on June 18, 2013, in the city of Evergreen, Ala., to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  The Voting Rights Act prohibits discrimination in the election process on the basis of race, color or membership in a minority language group.
 
Under the Voting Rights Act, the department is authorized to ask the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to send federal observers to jurisdictions that are certified by the Attorney General or by a federal court order.  Federal observers will be assigned to monitor polling place activities in Evergreen based on the Attorney General’s certification.  The observers will watch and record activities during voting hours at polling locations, and Civil Rights Division attorneys will coordinate the federal activities and maintain contact with local election officials.
 
Each year, the department deploys hundreds of federal observers from OPM, as well as departmental staff, to monitor elections across the country.  To file complaints about discriminatory voting practices, including acts of harassment or intimidation, voters may call the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division at 1-800-253-3931.
 
Visit www.justice.gov/crt/voting/index.php for more information about the Voting Rights Act and other federal voting laws.

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